Saturday, June 15, 2024

Conservationists celebrate preservation of 1,300 acres of wilderness in East San Diego County – NBC 7 San Diego

The long dirt road weaves through Proctor Valley and connects eastern Chula Vista with the sleepy community of Jamul. On both sides of Proctor Valley Road? Nothing. Just brush, a few trees and hills.

And that’s how it’s going to stay.

“We're all here celebrating,” said a smiling Cara Lacey. “We’re just thrilled that we were able to protect this land.”

The land Lacey is referring to is 1,300 acres along Proctor Valley Road inside the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve. It was slated to become a master plan community called Adara with 1,100 homes.

“It would have been an impenetrable or almost impenetrable barrier [for wildlife]” said Lacey, who represents The Nature Conservancy.

A collaboration of local, state, federal and tribal conservationists thwarted Adara by stopping it in court. The site was then acquired and added to the reserve, which sits inside the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge.

Lacey was quick to agree that San Diego has a need for more housing but argued it should be smart housing.


I'm happy about this, in a NIMBY kind of way. A big chunk of semi-wilderness will stay that way, about 5 minutes from my house. I'll have wilderness on two sides! That's cool. But this means fewer houses and higher housing prices from everyone. Which does not sound very cool.

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"but argued it should be smart housing"

In Britain we've been subjected to a government experiment called "smart motorways". It turned out that "smart" meant "bloody stupid".

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 15, 2024 3:31:39 PM

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